Specials (studio album) by The Specials

Specials by The Specials
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 958th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 415 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1979 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (211th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (958th)
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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 415 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.3/100, a mean average of 77.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.0.

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65/100
From 06/15/2022 21:31
I like more punk tunes and this is definitely original, but I can't stand big part of this record.
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75/100
From 01/13/2022 08:19
Ska is pretty boring music if listened to this many songs in a row. Put the best tracks on a mixed playlist,. then it will be okay. Fun music and well-executed and produced,
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70/100
From 11/04/2021 18:14
fun ska. gangsters epic
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From 07/23/2019 18:32
Favorite Tracks:Nite Klub, Blank Expression, Little Bitch
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85/100
From 12/17/2018 21:32
Very consistent, high energy album and a great introduction album for anyone wanting to get into 2-tone which mixes Punk with Ska.
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95/100
From 08/27/2018 21:21
Fun, energetic and great production provided by Elvis Costello. If there is one ska album you should have in your collection it's this one!
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From 03/19/2018 20:34
There are a few really good tracks on this album but most are just good. I like ska but when they split and formed fun boy 3, i thought the music went to a higher level.
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75/100
From 01/13/2018 16:25
Pretty much what a ska album produced by Elvis Costello would sound like.
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From 07/30/2017 20:37
This is ranked outside the top 500 albums! Incomprehensible!! This is a real classic- so much energy, humour and personality. This album is a joy. So many classics including their peerless cover of "a message to you Rudy". The pace never lets up and the tracks simply burst out of the speakers. Highly recommended.
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From 08/20/2016 22:15
I did see them in 1980. What I remember most from the concert (at King's Hall, Blackburn, UK) was the crowd chanting 'Rico, Rico' in praise their amazing trombonist who played every song like it was a 60's ska classic. I saw Terry Hall turn his ear to the crowd in a 'what are you chanting?' gesture, before he got it and turned to point towards their elderly trombonist in tribute. It was a great moment.
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